Good News

I found out from Penn DOT today that most of the route I want to take has been approved, and that I don’t have to contact and enter into a contract with each individual municipality I’ll be walking through. They couldn’t approve it all just quite yet because there are some parts (along U.S. 22, 322, etc.) that may be along limited access highways, which I am not allowed to walk along, but they weren’t sure about whether or not the sections of those highways I want to walk are limited access – so I don’t know what’s going to happen with those sections yet. I might have to find some slight detours .

Either way I can finally move on to the next phase of planning: contacting potential donors/sponsors, participants, organizations, etc. I could definitely use help thinking of and contacting these. I also want/need to compile information about hunger and homelessness in PA and about how to get involved (I need the info so that I can explain to the donors why there is such a great need for support of my cause. It would also be help to put on fliers I could hand out and for when I speak with the media). I found some pretty good websites for national statistics but am having a little bit of trouble locating updated stats for just PA. Michael Stoops at the National Coalition for the Homeless suggested contacting the Housing Alliance of PA, so I’ll check with them tomorrow.  If anyone has any other thoughts, ideas, etc.  you think might help please let me know. I would really appreciate it.



About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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One Response to Good News

  1. Missy! says:

    Just let me know how I can help! I can make flyers or help research information if you give me a little bit of direction. Whatever I can do I’ll do 🙂

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